The New York Times paired up a bunch of today’s most popular actors to perform kissing scenes for a series of shorts called 9 Kisses, directed by Elaine Constantine.
Two of the actors coupled were Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon, who really steamed up the screen for their passionate, costumed embrace. Watch their scene here below.
Other actors grouped together to share a kiss were Laura Dern and Steve Carell; Rosario Dawson and Jenny Slate; Shailene Woodley and Jack O’Connell; Kristen Stewart and Chadwick Boseman; Patricia Arquette and Jason Schwartzman; David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall; Julianne Moore and John Lithgow; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Miles Teller. The paper selected these 18 actors because they felt they gave the best performances of the year.
Cumberbatch, who voiced and mo-caps the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, starred as British logician and cryptologist Alan Turing in this year’s biographical drama The Imitation Game and is up for several awards for Best Actor, including the recently announced Golden Globe nomination. This kissing partner Witherspoon starred this year in both Inherent Vice and Wild, the later of which has earned her Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Actress.
Honestly, once you see Cumbers in action, there’s really no need to keep watching anything else, but you can if you want to over at NY Times.